11+ Entrance Exams
There is a huge range of ISSE Independent schools entrance exams used in the UAE – plus of course the Common Entrance exams for the UK.
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ISSE – Independent School Entrance Exams
ISSE stands for Independent School Entrance Examination and specifically intended towards
admission of students in private schools. If someone is intending to attend private school in UAE, then this kind of an examination will be required.
Which grades are eligible for admission to UAE private schools?
- Students from 5th to 9th grade can appear for this test but the level of tests will be different depending on the grades they are appearing for. The 9 th grade admission tests are the toughest ones.
What ISSE Questions are asked on the test?
- ISSE Verbal reasoning questions.
- Comprehension questions ISSE (25 mins).
- ISSE Quantitative reasoning questions.
- Maths ISSE questions (30 mins).
- ISSE knowledge questions.
There are minor ISSE differences between the different grade level tests.
ISSE test prep
- We recommend using ISSE practice test portals online.
- Although, here is nothing much to learn before appearing as most of it will be based on past experience.
- One of the most common reasons behind falling short for this test is the anxiety. This is one of the worst things and when it kicks in, situations get really ugly.
- The more ISSE students practice on the online ISSE test portals, the better they will be do.
Why is Practice so important?
The best way to prepare for private school entrance exams is by using past papers. Firstly, sitting an entrance exam is stressful. If your child knows to expect, they will be a lot calmer on the big day. This will allow them to work to the best of their ability. Another reason is that if your child has practised answering similar questions under timed conditions, they will get used to working quickly and accurately. Finally, taking past papers will reveal the types of questions your child consistently gets wrong. By focusing on common mistakes, you can target your child’s practice and make the best use of his or her preparation time.
Private school entrance exams are as unique as the schools setting them.
Difficulty levels will vary, as will the types of questions featured. However, the majority of private school entrance exams test children on Maths and English/verbal ability.
The MATHS part of a private school entrance exam could cover a very wide range of Maths entrance exam topics. The majority of private school Maths entrance exams include Number, Measures, Algebra, Indices.
Most private schools provide examples of past papers to prospective applicants. Once you’ve identified the format of the entrance exam your child will be sitting, use similar past papers to give your child further practice.
ISEB Exam Intro
- ISEB, or the Independent School Examination Board, provides sets of Common Pre-tests for senior school students in year 6 or 7, when the students are aged 10 to 12.
- While candidates who are aged 6 take the 11+ Common Entrance Exam, those who are aged 8 years take the 13+ Common Entrance Exam for admittance to the senior school of their choice.
- The ISEB tests are considered entrance tests for students by many prep or senior schools and the marks achieved therein help students to gain admittance to independent schools.
- As these tests are age-standardised exams, students start to prepare for them at a very young age in readiness for joining their senior school.
- ISEB tests are held online by the school administration in which the pupil currently studies. They include multiple choice questions in English, mathematics, non-verbal and verbal reasoning.
- As it is the responsibility of the senior school students to inform the parents about the Common Pre-tests, parents do not need to register.
- The ISEB is taken once a year for those children applying to several senior schools.
What happens to my ISEB results?
The scores for the ISEB tests are shared with all the senior schools that the candidate is registered with.
Hence, the parents need to inform the administration of each senior school about the test their child took before admission.
How long is the ISEB common entrance test?
The total time:
- Given to complete the test is 2 hours and 30 minutes.
- This is allotted as follows:
- 25 minutes for the English section.
- , 50 minutes for the Maths section.
- 32 minutes for the Non-verbal reasoning section.
- And the remaining 36 minutes for the verbal reasoning section.
Students can take the tests together or separately. However, each section needs to be completed within the given time allotted to the respective section.
Overseas candidates can take the exam at the testing centres accepted by the senior schools.
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